Welcome from the Anesthesiology Chief Residents

My name is William Pinkston, one of the 2022-2023 Anesthesiology Chief Residents along with Dexter Nye, MD, and Zubin Patel, MD, PhD. Thanks for your interest in our residency program. I’m happy to share my experiences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee!

The training offered at MCW is some of the best in the country. By training at a regional medical center, our residents swiftly become comfortable and competent clinicians by taking care of large volumes of high-acuity patients. Both of our adult and pediatric level 1 trauma centers are the only ones in southeastern Wisconsin and have a wide referral area. We receive consistent exposure to a wide variety of cases in all surgical specialties, including complex neurosurgery, major trauma, high-risk obstetrics, complex pediatrics, liver/kidney transplant, heart transplant, ECMO/mechanical cardiac support, and a newly reestablished lung transplant program. For those interested in additional training after residency, MCW hosts fellowship programs in all anesthesia subspecialties, and every year our residents match into competitive programs nationally. MCW graduates are heavily recruited for jobs in the Milwaukee area, the Midwest, and across the country. Our program has a reputation among prospective employers across the country as one that produces well-prepared and highly competent consultant anesthesiologists. Moreover, MCW remains a family-friendly program, with excellent peer-peer and resident-attending relationships.

My wife Sarah and I are originally from Arizona. Moving to Milwaukee was the first time either of us have lived outside of our home state, but it quickly became home to us shortly after settling in back in 2019. As a large Midwest town, Milwaukee has all of the resources of a large metropolitan city with a thriving food, craft beer, and art scenes. However, it is small enough to offer the benefits of lower traffic congestion and an excellent cost-of-living. With access to Lake Michigan, great weather, live music concerts, and street festivals, summers in Milwaukee are some of the best in the country. There are excellent opportunities for outdoor activities just outside the city, and our beloved Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers have revitalized downtown. Although our winters get a bad rap in Wisconsin, there is no shortage of things to do during these colder months, including cultural festivals, snow sports, and plenty of indoor activities to keep busy.

All three of the Chief Residents this year are proud to represent our program, and we encourage you to peruse this site or to reach out for more information about it. 


William Pinkston, MD
Chief Resident
Department of Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin